The Washington Times reports that he’ll be stepping down from his post to concentrate on the gubernatorial race full-time:
“For the last three years, I’ve had a terrific opportunity to serve as Virginia’s 44th attorney general,” said Mr. McDonnell, the lone Republican running to replace Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat. “But now it’s time for me to fully begin a new challenge in my life.”
The date allows Mr. McDonnell to continue pushing his legislative agenda in the coming days, but means he will be free from the position’s requirements as the campaign heats up.
The Republican called the attorney general’s position “the best job I’ve ever had” and said he arrived at his decision with a heavy heart. But his resignation follows historical precedent: Every attorney general of either major party who is running for governor has resigned from the position since 1985, McDonnell officials said.
“A campaign for governor demands a full-time candidate,” Mr. McDonnell said. “The office of the attorney general is the commonwealth’s law firm and demands a full-time attorney general.”
This move will give Bob McDonnell a head start on the gubernatorial race while the Democrats fight it out in their primary, an opportunity that Sen. John McCain (who is campaigning for McDonnell next month) largely neglected in his presidential campaign. It will also allow him one more week of fundraising, as the Attorney General of Virginia cannot receive campaign donations during Virginia’s legislative session. This will help him keep his fundraising edge against Terry McAuliffe.
The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza has issued his “Ten Republicans to Watch” list, and Bob McDonnell comes in at number five:
5. Bob McDonnell: McDonnell, Virginia’s attorney general, will be the Republican standard-bearer in the Commonwealth’s gubernatorial race in 2009. Off-year statewide elections are always looked to by the two parties as litmus tests for how each side is doing, and the fact that this campaign will take place in the purple state of Virginia makes McDonnell all the more important. If he wins, it will be seen as a sign that the Republican party is alive and well and living in Virginia. If he loses, he’ll join the Jerry Kilgore Hall of Fame.
I doubt that will happen. In 2005, there wasn’t much party unity behind Kilgore as a gubernatorial nominee. People thought he was too moderate, and there was a feeling that the nominee for lieutenant governor, Bill Bolling, would have been stronger in the #1 slot. This cycle, Attorney General McDonnell is the only Republican running for the office, so there won’t be any divisions to heal within the party.
Oh, and did I mention his opponent might be a DNC hack left over from the Clinton Administration?
You can donate to Bob McDonnell’s campaign here.
Take a peek at how Rep. John Murtha is defending himself after calling his constituents racists:
“What I said, that indicted everybody, that’s not what I meant at all. What I mean is there’s still folks that have a problem voting for someone because they are black,” Murtha said.
Murtha said the history of southwestern Pennsylvania is rife with racism.
“This whole area, years ago, was really redneck,” Murtha told Channel 4 Action News.
Get it, constituents? You’re not racist, you’re just rednecks. Rednecks who are racist.
How this man has managed to spend 34 years in the House of Representatives is beyond me.
You can donate to Bill Russell’s campaign here.
Quin Hillyer of the American Spectator thinks that Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy is tightening his race with Sen. Landrieu.
Help get the race tighter by donating to John Kennedy’s campaign.
The Washington Times has a good profile of the Congressional race in Pennsylvania’s 11th House District between Rep. Paul Kanjorski and Down the Ticket-sponsored candidate Mayor Lou Barletta.
You can donate to Lou Barletta’s campaign here.
Jeff Beatty, who is running for the Senate in Massachusetts, penned an op-ed in Human Events today. He makes a strong case that the Commonwealth’s people just can’t afford six more years of John Kerry (especially with Deval Patrick as the Governor):
Kerry’s shilling for Barack cannot mask what we here already know: The combination of Gov. Deval Patrick and Sen. John Kerry has been devastating for the citizens of Massachusetts. Under Kerry and Patrick, Massachusetts now has one of the nation’s highest property tax burdens, is among the highest in per capita debt, and is one of the few states in the country to be losing population. Now, Governor Patrick is flirting with raising income taxes to wipe away the sins of his Democratic buddies. In short, the Patrick/Kerry movie boils down to a series of broken promises and failed leadership.
Kerry promised people here that the Feds would pick up most of the tab for the Commonwealth’s mammoth infrastructure project called the Big Dig. Instead this project is almost $20 billion and rising over-budget, and mass tax payers are now footing almost the whole bill. Kerry is a staunch opponent of efforts to the repeal the death tax, fails the taxpayer by taking more PAC money than any almost other senator, and has failed to pass a single piece of his sponsored legislation in the past 9 years.
Even people who may be more socially liberal than Jeff Beatty can understand that Massachusetts’ tax burden is just too high. They need someone in office who can call attention to the serial abuses of the public trust that exist in Massachusetts, while standing up for the rights of all Americans.
If Sen. John Kerry has done anything during his time in the Senate, it’s prove that his only constituent is himself.
You can donate to Jeff Beatty’s campaign here.
Allen West will be on at the top of the third hour, or just after 2pm Eastern Time if you’re listening live. If you’re like me and can’t listen to the show live, here is a site where you should be able to find streaming audio throughout the day.
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